Maybe it is the time of year. Maybe it’s just the feeling of making a difference. Maybe it is both. Regardless of the reason, volunteering at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation is a very important part of my life now. I started volunteering at the Centre about five years ago, through my involvement with the Fredericton Epsilon Y’s Men and I have never looked back.
While I have only been volunteering a short time, the Y’s Men have been volunteering for close to 50 years. Volunteering is an important part of what we do. It brings community together. It’s the part of humanity that creates that very community and sense of belonging.
There is something about the Centre that is hard to articulate. When you enter the facility you feel it and you see it. It’s more than a facility of course. It’s the people. You feel the positivity. You feel the warmth and just how genuine each and every person is who works there is.
I attribute the authenticity of the Centre to Stan Cassidy, the man. I had several opportunities to interact with him and he always wanted to help people. I don’t think you could have found a nicer man or better individual to do it. And now, I see his son, Brian, following in his footsteps. That is very special.
I also believe it’s the Maritime way to help people and I will continue to support the Centre in any way that I can. I enjoy it so much. Based on my experience, I will encourage my children to be a part of it as well. While they don’t live here, I will encourage them to support the Stan Cassidy Foundation through donations as they are very important part of being able to deliver the support and programming that the patients and their families receive.
I also have to say that the fact that the Centre helps people across the Maritimes speaks volumes. It’s such a friendly environment and this is particularly important for people who are patients there. As a patient, being away from home is difficult enough, but being far from home is more challenging. Because of the people however, patients seem to feel at home there, which can only help with recovery. Everyone who is a part of it or has a connection contributes to making it the best place it can be for the patients and their families.
To learn more about the Stan Cassidy Foundation, or to enquire about how you can donate and/or become a volunteer, click here.
Paul Munro & his wife Carolyn
Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation